Dec 26, 2012 5:00pm EST
about 40 minutes ago, tim geithner said the u.s. is simply running out of money. let's get the latest on this game of chicken from c nbc's chief political correspondent, john harwood. john? >> melissa, i want to bring you up to date on the fiscal cliff developments. first of all, as you mentioned, secretary geithner has informed the senate that the united states government will hit its debt ceiling on monday. that is december 31st. now, that doesn't mean that anything happens immediately, because the treasury can take various steps to postpone the moment of reckoning, probably a couple of months. it's still significant. that's an effort to pressure congress. secondly, the house republicans have met, leadership has met, sent a letter to democrats saying the house has acted, now it's up to the senate to act. that's, of course, the m theic-controlled senate which has no intention of taking up that house bill, which would extend all of the bush tax cuts. the president wants to only extent cuts for incomes under $250,000. senate democratic leadership aide tells me there's a 50/50 chance fo
Dec 25, 2012 7:00pm PST
into one of the most blackmailable situations you can have. it's good the u.s. found out about it before the russians or chinese. it's not that he's a general messing around, and according to the code of the justice that's not allowed. >> teetering on the edge of the fiscal cliff with just 36 days to go until tax increases kick, in the white house and congress are playing a high stakes game of let's make a deal. >> only in america believes there has to be this what i believe to be really farce ical now surely -- the nature of the world is very fast moving, america has huge economic problems, heading for another fiscal cliff, everyone laughing at you from afenway park the american public sick and tired of all the games going on and there are you, grover norquist, a very bright guy still resolutely saying a pledge is a pledge is a pledge, it cannot be broken when many of your own party are now saying you know, what it doesn't make sense to have this irresolute position anymore. >> two things, the pledge is not for life. but everybody who signed the pledge, including peter king, who tried t
Dec 26, 2012 6:00pm EST
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Dec 26, 2012 1:00pm EST
of procedures. >> reporter: for insurors, 2013 will bring more m & a to diversified business as u.s. profit margins are squeezed by regulation and competition. united health's $5 billion acquisition of brazil's biggest health provider will likely push others to hunt for more international growth. >> medical device makers face a 2.3% excise tax starting in 2013 under obama care. it's been a head wind for stocks like boston scientific and striker. any kind of reprieve on that rate is going to be a positive for the sector. >> reporter: the biggest story of the year will be the buildout of the state health exchanges. the federal government has to build 32 of them for states opting out, along with a complex central data hub to manage eligibility and subsidy payments. it will be little short of a miracle to get the online insurance marketplaces up and running smoothly by october 1st, when millions of uninsured americans are supposed to start signing up for obama care coverage. >> so what rule will have the biggest impact on the health care industry and who will be most affected? joining us now, m